The cord blood stem cell banking scam

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Every parent who delivers in an up-market hospital in India today is told by their doctor to go ahead and store their umbilical cord blood stem cells of the baby. They made a lot of promises about how valuable these stem cells are; about how in case the baby has a problem in the future these stem cells can be used to replenish any kind of cell in the body; what makes these stem cells so precious; and why they only have a limited window of opportunity, which is at the time of birth. The marketing spiel is that it’s a very cost-effective investment because it could make a world of a difference to their child’s health in case she ever develops a medical problem in the future.

It’s easy to play on a parents’ guilt. After all, children are high-investment products, people don’t have too many children, and you want to do your best for your baby. Since you’re spending so much on your pregnancy and childbirth, then why not go ahead and spend a little bit more on storing these precious cord stem cells ? It’s sold as an insurance policy – your child will most probably not need it, but in case she does do, it’s great to have that option.

This sounds very good, but the reality is completely different.

Cord stem cell banking has been around for nearly 10 years now. There must be at least 100 cord blood banks all over India, all of which are private players. A quick back of the envelope calculation means that there might at least be 100,000 stored cord blood samples in these private banks, but what I find very disquieting is there are no success stories about how pediatricians have used these cord stem cells to treat babies with a serious medical problem , which they wouldn’t have been able to successfully treat without these stored cells.

You’ve got to worry about the absence of these stories.

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Director and Values Custodian at Solidarity Advisors

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BMC cannot disconnect water supply as punishment

BMC cannot disconnect water supply as punishment says HC

WATER IS A BASIC NECESSITY OF LIFE AND IS COVERED UNDER ONE’S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE

http://wakeupindia-designer.blogspot.com/2016/10/bmc-cannot-disconnect-water-supply-as.html


Pull – SMS : Consumer Disputes

Pull SMS – Consumer Disputes

Now you can get case status through SMS even if you don’t have internet connection. The PULL SMS service allows you to request for and receive information about Next Hearing Date of the cases filled in NCDRC/State Commission/District Consumer Forum by sending SMS through your mobile.

Instruction for Pull SMS service:

To get the information about the case, send SMS to 7738299899 in the following format
CONFONET StateID/DistrictID/Case Number
Case number should be case sensitive and match exactly as provided by consumer forum.
Note:- For sending SMS, Charges will be applicaple as per your mobile network provider policy.

For example 1- If your case number is RP/1/2014 and filed at NCDRC, then send SMS
CONFONET 0/0/RP/1/2014

For example 2- If your case number is FA/1/2014 and filied at State Commission, Andhra Pradesh the send SMS
CONFONET 16/0/FA/1/2014

For example 3- If your case number is CC/1/2014 and filied at Guntur, Andhra Pradesh the send SMS
CONFONET 16/512/CC/1/2014

 

http://confonet.nic.in/PullSMS.html


The ‘Fictitious Disease’ Called ADHD

The ADHD Scam and the Mass Drugging of School Children

“ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.”

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These were the words of Leon Eisenberg, the ‘father of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder),’ in his final interview before he died in 2009 at 87 years of age. Some have described Dr. Eisenberg’s statement as an ‘exaggeration’ of sorts however many doctors are now coming to the realization that ADHD is often ‘over diagnosed’. 

Harvard psychologist Jerome Kagan, who is one of the world’s leading experts in child development, states:

Let’s go back 50 years. We have a 7-year-old child who is bored in school and disrupts classes. Back then, he was called lazy. Today, he is said to suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). . . . Every child who’s not doing well in school is sent to see a pediatrician, and the pediatrician says: “It’s ADHD; here’s Ritalin.

In reality, almost 90 percent of these 5.4 million kids don’t actually have any kind of abnormal dopamine metabolism. The real problem is that if a drug, considered the easy route, is available to doctors, they’ll make the corresponding diagnosis.

Dr Eisenberg made a excellent and often luxurious living off of his “fictitious disease,” thanks to pharmaceutical sales.

According to Psychiatric News.

He received the Ruane Prize for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research and was a leader in child psychiatry for more than 40 years through his work in pharmacological trials, research, teaching, and social policy and for his theories of autism and social medicine.

The medical industry is using the guise of helping children to depersonalize and disconnect our children from a healthy, and somewhat normal upbringing. Parents are pumping these drugs into their kids with blissfull abanon, subjecting them to nothing of what the world has to offer, when in fact all these children are looking for stimulation and a fullfilled upbringing.

In the United States, 1 out of 10 boys among 10-year-olds takes medication for ADHD on a daily basis . . . with increasing tendency.

American psychologist Lisa Cosgrove and others reveal the facts in their study “Financial Ties between DSM-IV Panel Members and the Pharmaceutical Industry.” They found that “of the 170 DSM panel members 95 (56 percent) had one or more financial associations with companies in the pharmaceutical industry. One hundred percent of the members of the panels on ‘Mood Disorders’ and ‘Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders’ had financial ties to drug companies.”

And they are reaping major benefits from this “fictitious disease.” For example, the assistant director of the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School received “$1 million in earnings from drug companies between 2000 and 2007.”

Marc-André Gagnon and Joel Lexchin, a long-time researcher of pharmaceutical promotion, performed a study which shows that the U.S. pharmaceutical industry spent 24.4 percent of the sales dollar on promotion, versus 13.4 percent for research and development in 2004. That is almost twice as much money to push their drugs on people than the amount to research to make sure it they’re safe!

http://www.organicandhealthy.org/2016/09/the-fictitious-disease-called-adhd-adhd.html

 


Encroachments – Complaint Tracking and Data Management

The objective of this Portal is to provide Citizen a facility to report their inconveniences and problems related to Removal of Encroachment Department. This is an attempt by Municipal Corportation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to bring transparency into the working of department as well as to track the work alloted to the concerned DO’s and officers and make them accountable.

For reporting illegal constructions and encroachment in Mumbai

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Why the 75% Drop in Global Oil Prices Isn’t Reaching You

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Record production in the United States (US), weakened demand from the Eurozone and emerging economies like China and Brazil, and Iran’s entry into the international market have effectively slashed the price of crude oil for India, from $106 per barrel in July 2014 to $26 in January 2016 — a 75% drop over 15 months.

So, why are you not seeing evidence of this price-cut at your local petrol and diesel station? The answer: As global crude prices reach a 11-year low, the Centre and state governments steadily increase excise duties and value-added tax, shoring up their revenues and keeping fuel prices high for retail consumers.

Although India imports more than 80% of its fuel requirement, which means declining global prices should, theoretically, have seen sharp declines in retail petrol and diesel prices, Indian consumers of petrol and diesel now pay about double the global rate.

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Allotment of flat without OC is illegal – Illegal to move in without OC

Allotment of flat without OC is illegal; The builder must get occupancy certificate on time. In case of any delay, the builder must compensate the buyer with rent for that period; Latest NCDRC Order….. to read more Click https://t.co/kPP0WNeblm

 

Bombay HC: Illegal to move into property without occupation certificate
MUMBAI: It is against the law to move into flats in buildings without the mandatory municipal occupation certificate (OC), the Bombay high court has ruled. A division bench of Justice S C Dharmadhikari and Justice Gautam Patel sought action against 49 flat owners as well as a nursing home in two wings of a building with six wings in Sion East.